UK government promises free WiFi on trains by 2017

Sure, large parts of the UK are now blanketed with fast and reliable mobile service, but you always know that when you jump on a train you're going to hit some rough patches. The government knows that this particular struggle is real, so it's investing almost £50 million to take some of the strain off your provider by rolling out free WiFi across the UK's major rail networks. Rail Minister Claire Perry announced today that the government is already in talks with train operators, including Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN), Southeastern, Chiltern and Arriva Trains Wales, about incorporating connectivity into their carriages from 2017. While we're looking at a two-year wait until all of those networks get connected, some operators are installing equipment as soon as possible -- useful if you're keen to catch up on BBC iPlayer during your daily commute.

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